Lack of IxD programs in bay area/ west coast?

4 Aug 2010 - 3:08pm
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carolinew
2010

Hi!

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I am curious to find out whether I am missing a link here.

I have been searching for schools which offer masters program in interaction design, and have noticed that despite there seems to be some clusters of usability and design firms in the  west coast, there aren’t that many universities offering masters degrees in IxD.

Are they just hiding under other names like Information Science/ Design/ Management or HCI with focus on Ixd?

If it’s actually true that there aren’t that many IxD programs in the west coast, is there a reason for that? Where's the networking/ guest speaker/ recruiter element if the students are so far away from the commercial world?

Caroline

 

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4 Aug 2010 - 6:55pm
katey
2010

Caroline,

The University of Washington in Seattle has both an MFA in IxD and an MS in Human-centered Design and Engineering (more HCI/theory-based) available.  I'm currently getting my MS in HCDE (already have an MFA) but have taken classes in both departments, and would say they are both strong, rigorous programs. Because the UW is an R1 institution, it is also possible to receive funding for your tuition, which is a nice perk most MFA programs cannot offer.

Cheers,
Katey

4 Aug 2010 - 9:05pm
KejunXu
2010

I concur. HCDE at UW is a high caliber program and the best thing I liked about HCDE was the seminar series that had many guests speakers from the industry: Google, MS, etc.

Thanks,
Kejun

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6 Aug 2010 - 10:05am
dgavales
2010

Some more or less related programs on the West Coast:

San Jose State Human Factors http://info.sjsu.edu/web-dbgen/catalog/departments/ISE-section-8.html

Stanford D School http://dschool.stanford.edu/

CA College of the Arts Design Strategy MBA http://www.cca.edu/academics/graduate/design-mba

Diana

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7 Aug 2010 - 11:20am
Dave Malouf
2005
CCA also has an MFA in design that has focus in IxD. This program is chaired by Brenda Laurel, future IxD11 keynote & general IxD luminary in her own right. Stanford has a great Product Design Program. Berkeley has their School for Information Mngt which has some Ixd & IA cred. If you look under "Interactive" or Media Arts you'll fing programs & Art Ctr Pasadena, UCLA, Art Inst SF & Seattle. Up north in Vancouver both Simon Frasier (Ixd09 host) & Emiky Dickonson both have diff & interesting programs. No matter where you are in the country outside maybe NYC you won't find "a lot" of IxD related programs. For the record NYV has at least 3 schools: SVA, NYU & Parsons. If you don't need a commuter school I would seriously look at the Euro programs. They really set the standard thus far in IxD edu. - dave
9 Aug 2010 - 7:05pm
David Drucker
2008

Small correction: In Vancouver, the school is Emily Carr University (www.ecuad.ca ), not Emily Dickenson (or Emiky Dickonson).

-David Drucker Vancouver, BC

On 7-Aug-10, at 10:37 AM, Dave Malouf wrote:

> CCA also has an MFA in design that has focus in IxD. This program is
> chaired by Brenda Laurel, future IxD11 keynote & general IxD
> luminary in her own right. > > Stanford has a great Product Design Program. > > Berkeley has their School for Information Mngt which has some Ixd &
> IA cred. > > If you look under "Interactive" or Media Arts you'll fing programs &
> Art Ctr Pasadena, UCLA, Art Inst SF & Seattle. > > Up north in Vancouver both Simon Frasier (Ixd09 host) & Emiky
> Dickonson both have diff & interesting programs. > > No matter where you are in the country outside maybe NYC you won't
> find "a lot" of IxD related programs. For the record NYV has at
> least 3 schools: SVA, NYU & Parsons. > > If you don't need a commuter school I would seriously look at the
> Euro programs. They really set the standard thus far in IxD edu. > > - dave > >

10 Aug 2010 - 10:05am
carolinew
2010

Haha no wonder.
When the big G didn't tell me anything useful either, I had tears in my eyes and was wondering did I really leave home for THAT long...

p.s. I am from Vancouver

Caroline

On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 2:05 AM, David Drucker <david@drucker.ca> wrote:

Small correction: In Vancouver, the school is Emily Carr University (www.ecuad.ca
), not Emily Dickenson (or Emiky Dickonson).

-David Drucker
Vancouver, BC

On 7-Aug-10, at 10:37 AM, Dave Malouf wrote:

> CCA also has an MFA in design that has focus in IxD. This program is
> chaired by Brenda Laurel, future IxD11 keynote & general IxD
> luminary in her own right.
>
> Stanford has a great Product Design Program.
>
> Berkeley has their School for Information Mngt which has some Ixd &
> IA cred.
>
> If you look under "Interactive" or Media Arts you'll fing programs &
> Art Ctr Pasadena, UCLA, Art Inst SF & Seattle.
>
> Up north in Vancouver both Simon Frasier (Ixd09 host) & Emiky
> Dickonson both have diff & interesting programs.
>
> No matter where you are in the country outside maybe NYC you won't
> find "a lot" of IxD related programs. For the record NYV has at
> least 3 schools: SVA, NYU & Parsons.
>
> If you don't need a commuter school I would seriously look at the
> Euro programs. They really set the standard thus far in IxD edu.
>
> - dave
>
>

9 Aug 2010 - 3:17pm
carolinew
2010

Thanks everyone for the info! I was just curious to find out whether there are really very little programs on the west coast or did I simply overlook them. I guess dave has pretty much pinpointed my question - "won't find a lot of IxD related programs" anywhere.

I know the educational programs all have different focus and strength. However, how would you see the differences between Euopean schools vs. American schools on a general level (Bauhaus concepts, pedogogical princples etc) or a more specific level (tighter coordination with industry, emphasize on research)?

Looking at the courses and student portfolios of schools, I have the feeling some European programs emphasize more on stimulating creativity and researching possibilities with less "skill-based" courses (Umea/ Malmo/ CIID/ Utrecht school of arts, maybe with the exception on TU Delft). On the other hands some American programs which I have checked seem to be more applied and "skill-based" (CMU/ Baltimore).

Just a thought.

P.s. sorry, have to pretend IxD schools don't exist elsewhere to make the question simplier. No offense;-)

Cheers,

Caroline



13 Aug 2010 - 7:21pm
Dave Malouf
2005
First, sorry to all the Emiky Carr folks. My bad. Caroline, I think u nailed it. I don't have the link w/ me but Bill Moggridge did a recent talk at CIID about levels of EDU & what we should be focused on at BFA, MFA & PhD levels w/in design EDU. Great stuff. I think it is referenced on his blog. (PS a little bird tells me there is a high likelihood of a new MFA program in IxD popping up (Fall 2011) at an acclaimed art/design school in the Southeast US, hoping to bring that Euro spirit here to the US) - Dave
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